The Unified Patent Court and the Unitary Patent

Unified Patent Court Agreement still on pause despite 14th ratification

Lithuania has now ratified the UPC Agreement (UPCA) (on 24th August 2017) making it the 14th state to do so (see the UPCA ratification index here). Under the terms of the UPCA, the Agreement can only come into effect once … Continue reading

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Estonia ratifies the UPC Agreement – 13 ratifications now in place – just Germany and the UK to go

Estonia ratified the UPC Agreement (UPCA) on 1 August 2017, making it the thirteenth contracting member state to do so (see the European Council’s ratification index here). Under the terms of the UPCA, the Agreement can only come into effect … Continue reading

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UK Government lays pre-ratification UPC legislation before Parliament

The Unified Patent Court (Immunities and Privileges) Order 2017 was laid before Parliament on 26 June 2017 – see the explanatory memorandum here. This Order implements the Protocol on Privileges and Immunities of the UPC  (the Protocol)  and confers legal status in the UK on … Continue reading

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Patent and Pharma Update – June 2017

Our regular Patent and Pharma Update aims to keep you informed of recent developments in United Kingdom and European law relating to patents and the pharmaceutical industry.

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UPC commencement postponed – Preparatory Committee announces that 1 December 2017 start date cannot be maintained

Latest UPC developments: UPC Preparatory Committee announces that 1 December 2017 start date for UPC has been postponed (7 June 2017) Private challenge to the UPC system made before German Constitutional Court delays progress of Gernan UPCA ratification UPC Protocol on Provisional … Continue reading

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More flexibility to threaten IP proceedings in the UK under new Unjustified Threats legislation

Threatening proceedings for intellectual property right infringement can sometimes backfire. In relation to patents, trade marks and designs, there is a right to bring an action against the threatener by any person aggrieved by the threat, who may not necessarily … Continue reading

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The Unified Patent Court and Unitary Patent – Introduction

Consistent progress has been made towards the establishment of a unitary patent right (UP) across most countries in the EU. 26 of the 28 European Union Member States (MSs) have participated in the enhanced cooperation needed to establish this new … Continue reading

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UPC Preparatory Committee releases a “final” update to the 18th draft of the UPC Rules of Procedure

The UPC preparatory committee has released an updated version of the 18th draft of thee UPC Rules of Procedure (with amendments being dated 15 March 2017), which can be accessed here. Subject to formal adoption, we understand that this update … Continue reading

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UPC Prep Committee signals readiness at final meeting

The UPC Preparatory Committee held its final meeting on 15 March at which it agreed a collection of legal, HR and financial documents and confirmed that the Provisional Application Phase could commence once the final Signatory States had acceded to … Continue reading

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Brexit: Intellectual Property

Whatever future relationship the UK has with the rest of the EU, the effect of the Great Repeal Bill, once enacted, will mean that any existing intellectual property law having effect in the UK will continue to apply as it … Continue reading

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